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Manhyia Palace

The Manhyia Palace is the seat of the Asantehene as well as his official residence. It is located at Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana. The first palace is now a palace museum. King Opoku Ware II built the new palace which is close to the old one and is used by the current Asantehene King Osei Tutu II.

The palace is a kilometer from the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi. It was built in 1925 by the British. Upon the return from exile of the Asantehene Nana Prempeh I from the Seychelles Islands, the building was offered to him for use as his residence. This was because prior to the Asantehene’s exile, his old palace had been burnt down in the Yaa Asentewa War. The war was fought between the British and the Asantes because of the refusal of the Asantehene to offer the Golden stool to the then governor of the Gold Coast. Prempeh I only accepted the offer after he had paid for the cost of the building in full. Two kings lived in the palace, namely Otumfuo Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, K.B.E., the 13th and 14th Kings of the Asante Nation. The old palace was converted into a museum in 1995 after the new palace was built. Opoku Ware II was the first king to live in the new palace, which he occupied until his death in 1999. The current Asantehene, Osei Tutu II, currently resides in the new palace.

The palace courtyard hosts numerous important Ashante traditional events. These include the Adae festival, which occurs every sixth Sunday when the Asantehene receives homage from his subjects and subservient chiefs